Olympus Pen E-M2

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Estimated Street Price: $549 (body only)


The new PEN E-PM2 can be considered the “little brother” of the new E-PL5. In fact, the two cameras more closely resemble each other than their E-PM1 and E-PL3 predecessors (in large part because both now have grips).

Like the E-PL5, the E-PM2 provides the opportunity to get the excellent 16.1-megapixel image sensor of the flagship OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera in a truly pocketable package. The E-PM2, at 4.3×2.5×1.3 inches and 7.9 ounces, is slightly tinier than its tiny “big” sibling. It has a 3-inch touch-screen monitor like the E-PL5, but the E-PM2’s doesn’t tilt.

Video features are similar to the E-PL5’s—both 1080 and 720 HD at 30 fps in AVI or MOV format, with stereo sound and the ability to apply the built-in Art Filters “on the fly.” Both cameras offer the same set of Art Filters, including diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus and a new Water Color filter.

Like the E-PL5, the E-PM2 can shoot at 8 fps with IS off and focus and exposure locked, at 3.6 fps with IS off, and at 3 fps with IS on. All Olympus PEN cameras feature the company’s sensor-shift image stabilization and sensor dust-remover.

Like all MFT cameras, the E-PM2 can use all MFT lenses, regardless of manufacturer. Olympus currently offers 12, from a 9-18mm superwide-angle zoom through a 75-300mm supertele-zoom. With the MFT sensor’s 2X focal-length factor, this provides 35mm-camera equivalent focal lengths of 18mm through 600mm.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The most pocketable PEN camera.

1. A new handgrip provides more comfortable holding.

2. Press the Live Guide button, and you can preview effects as you adjust them.

3. The accessory port accepts all PEN accessories, including an external flash unit, an electronic viewfinder and the Olympus PENPAL Bluetooth unit.

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